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Lawmakers pass $5.5 billion budget

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Monday easily passed dozens of bills that make up the state's $5.5 billion budget for the year that begins July 1.



Redistricting plan draws Lowndes residents' ire

Posted 4/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Solidifying Lowndes County's redistricting plan could be a hard-fought battle, as the plan heads to the Justice Department.



Lowndes supervisors OK new tourism board office

Posted 4/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday approved the purchase of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau's new office space at 117 Third St. S., behind the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center.



Oktibbeha schools on budget despite higher fuel costs

All board members were present for April's regular business meeting of the Oktibbeha County School District where the board got a good budget update despite high fuel costs.



Miss. lawmakers approve civil rights museum

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Lawmakers on Monday approved a bill authorizing the multimillion-dollar construction of two new Mississippi museums -- one devoted to the civil rights struggle and another focused on the state's overall history.


One dead in Miss. after severe storm

Posted 4/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Six Columbus and Lowndes County families were evacuated from their homes Monday as a severe storm front swept across the state, causing power outages, damage and a death in Copiah County.


Schools close early ahead of severe storm

Posted 4/4/2011 in Area

Some Golden Triangle-area schools let students out early as tornado watches and warnings broke out across north Mississippi and storms pushed toward Alabama this afternoon.



Analysis: Miss. lawmakers haven't ignored obesity issue

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Mississippi usually tops most rankings for the unhealthiest or fattest states, but lawmakers can't be accused of ignoring the problem.



Storms sweep through Miss., Ala.

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

The National Weather Service says a storm system from the west was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds into Mississippi today.



New state law targets parents who allow teens to drink

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute parents who host drinking parties for teenagers.


Monday Profile: Spruill works behind scenes for Starkville

There are certain people you don't want to stack yourself up against. Lynn Spruill is one of those people.


Man shot at Caledonia house party; 81-year-old arrested

Posted 4/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as a friendly gathering Sunday ended with a shooting, when a house guest turned to gunfire.



Public redistricting hearing set for Monday

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The issue that's heated the supervisors' boardroom for the past weeks goes to the public on Monday. Though public interest in the plan seems to be limited, there are some groups planning to attend the meeting, in objection to the redistricting plan.



Condition of man involved in motorcycle wreck upgraded

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man who was critically injured in a motorcycle wreck Thursday was upgraded to "fair" condition Saturday in Jackson.


Community comes together for unity picnic

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sitting on the grass in the shade at the annual unity picnic Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk, Mattie Walls said things couldn't be much better.


Starkville faces big decisions after charrette

With the charrette passed, Starkville has some decisions to make.



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